After all these years I’m finally coming to the conclusion that to be successful in an organisation means being comfortable with pretence.

You have to be able to accept falsehoods, inaccuracies, and pretence as implicitly not-true without explicitly stating them as false. Everyone else does the same, and everyone gets along.

If these things were unknowns, I would be ok with dealing with them in that way, but they are known to be wrong and accepted as such. But not by me. I’m not comfortable with the pretence.